Harrisons arraigned on new charges

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Clayton Harrison and Katie Harrison appeared in Lyon Circuit Court Monday morning for arraignment on new charges related to missing funds from the Kuttawa City Clerk's office that were discovered last year.

Former Kuttawa City Clerk Katie Harrison and her husband Clayton Harrison appeared in Lyon Circuit Court Monday morning to be arraigned on new charges that arose last month after the completion of the City of Kuttawa's past-due audits from the time Katie Harrison served as Clerk.

Clayton Harrison, who was originally charged with 10 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, was arraigned on one new count of theft by unlawful taking, $500 or more but under $10,000.

Katie Harrison, originally charged with 24 counts of second-degree forgery, faces a much more extensive list of new charges: One count of abuse of public trust, greater than $10,000 but less than $100,000; 16 counts of tampering with public records; and one count of theft by unlawful taking, $10,000 or more but under $100,000.

Clayton Harrison's attorney Mary Rohrer and Katie Harrison's attorney Andrea Moore entered not guilty pleas for the new charges on behalf of their respective clients at Monday's arraignment.

Commonwealth Attorney Carrie Ovey Wiggins told Judge C.A. Woodall III she anticipated filing a motion to join these indictments with the Harrisons' previous indictments, so the pretrial hearing for these charges was set for December 2 at 1 p.m.; the same time as the next scheduled hearing on their previous charges.

Rohrer entered a motion for an evidentiary bond hearing for Clayton Harrison, stating she wished to enter evidence that showed her client was not a flight risk or danger to the community.

Moore stated she may also enter a motion for an evidentiary bond hearing for Katie Harrison on the same grounds.

The Harrisons have previously been denied bond reduction, as they fled to Sevierville, Tennessee in July 2018, just before news of missing funds from the Kuttawa City Clerk's office broke. They were not found until November 2018, when Clayton Harrison was arrested during a traffic stop. Katie Harrison turned herself in to authorities days later.

Judge Woodall said he would briefly hear the arguments for bond reduction during the pretrial hearing Dec. 2.

The trial for Katie and Clayton Harrison is set to begin May 14, 2020.